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Sheridan officers practice their high speed skills

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Officers usually don't get a lot of practice for high speed pursuits once they join the force but Sheridan Police Officers were able to take a refresher Monday.

Half of the department was at a training course in the Sheridan County Airport, weaving through cones, speeding up, and braking hard.

This marks the first time Sheridan officers could take this training locally, as a pair of officers completed the necessary training to become instructors earlier this year.

The training lets the officers get a better feel for their cars and more comfortable behind the wheel during high speed chases.

"The higher speed slalom is going to give them an idea of how their car's going to handle, how it's going to handle a corner, how it brakes, how it accelerates," said instructor and police officer John King.

"A lot of things have to go through the officer's mind when they pursue.  And therefore if we can keep them thinking about why they're pursuing, if they should continue to pursue, etcetera, they don't have to be thinking about their driving ability and stuff.  It's already in place," said Sgt. Kody Lamb.

The rest of the force will take their turn on the course later this fall.

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